365 Days in Horse Country – Equus
Horse lovers initially rejoiced when they heard a play about horses called “Equus” had opened on Broadway in the early 1970s. Their rejoicing was soon replaced with disgust when they found out that the play was about a seventeen year old boy who deliberately blinds horses.
“Equus” became a huge sensation, even though it was disturbing, especially for people who care about horses. Playwrite Peter Schaffer came up with the story after hearing about a real incident where a teenaged boy blinded six horses at a stable just outside of London.
The result is a psychological thriller about a disturbed teenager, a psychiatrist in the midst of a career crisis, and a group of innocent, unsuspecting horses.
The play received the Tony Award for best play in 1975, and it was made into a movie starring Richard Burton.